"Are you registered as disabled?"

I was registering for a health programme which is part of the NHS this afternoon. Along with the usual questions for equalities monitoring, I was somewhat taken aback to be asked "are you registered as disabled?" I asked what was meant, and I explained that there is no longer a national register of disabled people, and this seemed to be news to the person on the other end of the phone! I explained that there USED to be such a register, and employers over a certain size were expected to employ a quota of people so registered, but that this hadn't been in place for MANY years. 

Apparently no-one's ever queried that question before, and they've been asking it for ages. I suggested that they might want to raise this with a supervisor. 

Is this something people find they are asked these days, or was I right to be surprised? 

So surprised I went off to check my facts: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/registering-as-disabled/ The national register ended in 1995. 


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  • I've not been asked about being registered, but usually asked if I consider myself to have a disability or if I'm disabled.
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  • Savvy_Sue
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    Absolutely: that's the question I was expecting to be asked. 
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  • KxMx
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    edited 21 December 2020 at 10:15PM
    Yes I often see the phrase Registered Disabled, and like you know there is no such thing apart from sight impairment with some LAs. 
  • Savvy_Sue
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    KxMx said:
    Yes I often see the phrase Registered Disabled, and like you know there is no such thing apart from sight impairment with some LAs. 
    that's the thing I find interesting: I have completed a fair few equalities questionnaires in my time, and honestly can't remember being asked about registration in the last few years. 

    If it had been some small, only-just-starting organisation I wouldn't have been SO surprised - but does the NHS not know better?

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  • 50Twuncle
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    edited 26 December 2020 at 11:47AM
    I still have a small green card in a plastic envelope - issued to me by the Disability Liason Officer in the Job Centre - 30 years ago - I guess that I am still "registered disabled" because there is no expiry date on it !
  • sheramber
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    I would think the  form was devised by an outside agency who have nothing to do with the NHS.
  • There is an intellectual disability register and mental health register that GP surgeries hold. This entitles the person to their annual health check.
  • I have been asked this on a couple of forms (including a volunteer community transport form).  I then looked at my local council's website and found they only register children as disabled.  I just put yes and let them sort it out.  I doubt they check for something that doesn't exist.

  • Local authorities keep registers of severely sight impaired and sight impaired individuals with a CVI too. 
  • Savvy_Sue
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    OK, so we've established that there may be local registration of various kinds for some limited sorts of disability. Another I've thought of is that some local authorities will (or used to) give a bus pass 'early' to some people with certain disabilities. 

    But many of us would answer "Yes" to the question "do you consider yourself to have a disability" without in any way being able to be on one of these registers. 

    Maybe just me being pernickety, but I hope they get round to re-wording that question ... 
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